The Padres return home Thursday, July 5 to begin their final homestand before the All-Star break, featuring four games against the Cincinnati Reds. The homestand will be highlighted by U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation Day presented by USAA.
Home action begins tonight with a 7:05 p.m. start against the Reds. It's Padres College Night, featuring special ticket discounts for college students with a valid student ID ($9 in advance or $10 on game day in Right Field Upper Reserved College Night section). A DJ from Channel 93.3 will be spinning at the Budweiser Patio in Right Field from 6:00 p.m. until the conclusion of the game. For more information on the two remaining College Night events this season, visit www.padres.com/college.
Tonight's pregame ceremony will honor the Padres Foundation's featured charity partner this homestand, the Challenged Athletes Foundation. As part of the ceremony, the Padres Foundation and Sycuan will present CAF with a $5,000 donation in recognition of its mission to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF representative and NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton will throw out the First Pitch.
Friday's game will be preceded by Friday Night Party: Wine & Food Festival, presented by Verizon. The party will showcase wines from nearly 20 wineries, with tastings and food pairings priced at $5 each and available for purchase with Friar Funds exclusively from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Park at the Park. Additionally, bottles of wine may be purchased Friday at a special Park at the Park location of Wines at the Park presented by Donovan's. Admission to Wine & Food Festival is included with a paid ticket to Friday's game.
Local champion sand castle builders IB Posse will once again work their magic at Petco Park on Friday, custom building a Padres sand castle that also pays tribute to the Centennial of Marine Aviation at the Beach in right field. This is the ninth straight year IB Posse has built at Petco Park. The team has placed in the top two at the U.S. Open Sandcastle competition in Imperial Beach for the past seven years.
Before Friday's game, the Padres will honor the second recipient of the inaugural Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards. The Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards is a series of awards established to recognize and pay tribute to individuals or organizations whose work makes a positive impact on those who live and work in San Diego's Hispanic community. Armando Cataño, a teacher at Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights, has been selected by members of the Padres' Hispanic Community Leadership Council (HCLC) for his dedication to improving the lives of youth, specifically in the area of education.
In support of the Padres Foundation's community vision, three awards will be given throughout the year, one each in the areas of children's health (LIVE), children's education (LEARN) and youth baseball/ softball or youth fitness (PLAY). The first award, in the area of children's health, was presented earlier this season to Dr. Raul Trejo of the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. To submit a nomination, visit www.padres.com/community or www.padresbeisbol.com/comunidad.
Also Friday, the Padres will host a group of VIPs (Very Important Padres) from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who will enjoy a pregame experience including batting practice, a player meet-and-greet, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Petco Park. The group will enjoy the game from the U.S. Bank Dream Suite.
Please note the special 7:05 p.m. start time for Saturday's game. The first 25,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Padres beach towel presented by FOX Sports San Diego. Saturday marks U.S. Olympic Team Day at Petco Park. Prior to Saturday's game, fans will have the opportunity to meet athletes who will be competing in the London games this summer from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista at a meet-and-greet at Park at the Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., members of the women's field hockey team will hold an interactive exhibition on the wiffle ball field.
As part of the pregame ceremony, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Archery Team will shoot an Olympic distance of 70 meters from home plate toward center field. The National Anthem will be performed by Lex Gillette, a two-time Paralympic silver-medalist and the world record holder for visually impaired long jump. All athletes who qualified for the London Games and train at the Chula Vista Training Center will receive on-field recognition immediately before the start of the game. Also during Saturday's pregame ceremony, the Padres will recognize the winner of the inaugural Padres/Ballast Point Home Brew Competition.
The homestand wraps up Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start against the Reds. Sunday marks U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation Day, presented by USAA. A special pregame ceremony in honor of the U.S. Marine Corps will include, a celebration of the Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation featuring 100 local Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which just returned from a seven-month deployment. Marine athletes from Wounded Warrior Battalion West who competed in the 2012 Warrior Games will be recognized for their achievements, along with their coaches and families. Cpl. Nick Kimmel of Wounded Warrior Battalion West will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch. The National Anthem will be performed by Marine Band San Diego and the ceremony will conclude with a flyover of aircraft out of MCAS Miramar. A special appearance by MCRD mascot Cpl. Belleau Wood is also planned.
Prior to all Sunday home games, fans with tickets are invited to enjoy Breakfast at the Park. A special selection of breakfast menu items will be offered for purchase along K Street at Park at the Park. In addition to seating at the Park at the Park, tables may be set up on the warning track, allowing fans to dine on the Petco Park field on a first-come, first-served basis, barring batting practice. Gates will open to Season Ticket Holders with reservations at 10:00 a.m. Gates will open to the general public at 10:30 a.m.
From 11:30 a.m. to noon two Padres players will sign autographs at the Park at the Park for Jr. Padres Sunday Signings. A Junior Padres membership is required to participate in the signing event. Membership is free, and kids can sign up online or in-person on the day of the event.
Following Sunday's game, kids 14 years of age and younger are invited down on the field to run the bases at Petco Park. At the conclusion of the eighth inning, guests can begin lining up near the top of the Beachers on K Street. A Jr. Padres membership is encouraged to participate in the event.
Tickets for all remaining regular season home games can be purchased online at padres.com, at the Petco Park box office, by phone at (619) 795-5555 and at the Padres Store in Tijuana.
Homestand No. 7 at a Glance
Padres vs. Reds - Thu, July 5 , 7:05 p.m.
Pregame: Challenged Athletes Foundation (Sycuan)
Ceremonial First Pitch: Bill Walton